On Monday, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed two anti-gun ordinances. As previously reported, these ordinances disregard Washington’s preemption law and victimize law-abiding gun owners and licensed firearm dealers.
The first ordinance seeks to levy reparations from those who lawfully engage in the expression of their Second Amendment rights by imposing a tax on each firearm and round of ammunition that is legally sold in Seattle. The proposal would take the paid taxes and use it to pay for crimes committed by others. Such an ordinance would simply force the law-abiding to pay for the actions of criminals.
The second ordinance would mandate that gun owners who have become the victim of a burglary or other such theft report that a firearm has become lost or stolen within 24 hours. Notwithstanding the unreasonable requirement for individuals to have an immediate inventory of all items that are lost during such a traumatic event, this ordinance would further punish victims of these occurrences by fining them upwards of $500.
Your NRA-ILA is currently exploring legal options to combat these anti-gun ordinances. Please stay tuned to your inbox and www.NRAILA.org for more updates on this and other Second Amendment issues in Washington.